This film provides contrasts and similarities among the three countries. In Norway, Deneen visits with a fishing family from the small city of Alesund, in Denmark, with a farm family, and in Sweden, with the family of a glassworker. The countries are contrasted in terms of natural resources and reliance on trade.
Through the clever use of children's clay models, this film decscribes the functions of various individuals associated with the school, including principals, teachers, cafteria workers, crossing gurads, custodians, and the PTA. The audience for this film would have been first-graders. While they do not have significant roles, the Asian and Black students in the class represent one of the earliest examples of integrated classrooms shown in academic film. Topics: elementary school, integration
This is the first film in Barnes' 'Shaw vs. Shakespeare' series, considered by experts to be among the finest educational films ever made. Here is wonderful introduction to Barnes as an insightful and witty interpreter of Shakespeare on film, the opening film of the triptych focusing on George Bernard Shaw’s belief that, although Shakespeare’s play was superior to his own, the treatment of the character of Caesar was not. Shaw, as written by Barnes, prefers a Caesar whose... Topics: Geoge Bernard Shaw, Shaw, Shakespeare, Moffat, Kiley, Grossman
In maintaining that Brutus was the least morally-reprehensible character in Shakespeare’s play, Shaw here plays the critic, offering analysis to the scenes played by Barnes’ remarkable cast, led by Donald Moffat, Richard Kiley and Suzanne Grossman. This is the second of a 3 part series. To view the first and third parts, visit http://www.archive.org/details/shaw_vs_shakespeare_1 and http://www.archive.org/details/shaw_vs_shakespeare_3 Topics: George Bernard Shaw, Shaw, Shakespeare, Moffat, Kiley, Grossman
This passionate interplay between the girl-queen and the wily conqueror provides the groundwork for George Bernard Shaw’s contention that there has been no social progress in the so-called Christian era, founded as it is upon judgment, guilt, and punishment, an era that can be characterized as "one of the bloodiest and most discreditable episodes" in the history of humankind. This is the third and final film in Barnes' 'Shaw vs. Shakespeare' series, starring Donald Moffat, Richard... Topics: Shaw, Moffat, Kiley, Grossman
Alienation, angst, and schizophrenia are powerful themes addressed by Kearney in this forgotten masterpiece. From a story by Conrad Aiken. favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 16 reviews ) Topics: schizophrenia, teen angst
byPhysical Science Study Committee. Physics.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
John Shive explains that pulse propagation on ropes and slinkies shows elementary characteristics of waves, such as different speeds in different media. He uses a torsion bar wave machine to repeat these experiments to demonstrate reflection and other phenomena. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm Topics: pssc, physics
byNational Education Association and Affiliated State Education Associations
Shows how a teacher, by helping a first-grade child to discover his need for learning, teachers him to read, write, and do arithmetic. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Tom Smith headed up the Special Effects team at Industrial Light & Magic, where he created all the goodies for the 'Star Wars' films. This is his academic film masterwork, which took over a year to create, over 13 weeks to film, and utilized "traveling mattes," with as many as five separate films running in the background, showcasing wonderful models and graphics. About the making of the film, Tom Smith writes: "I made that film in 1976 with Richard Basehart as narrator and a... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: space, universe, Industrial Light and Magic, ILM
Lisl Weil, a dancer who often performed in New York with friend Tommy Scherman and his Little Orchestra Society, was also a splendid charcoal artist. Here, accompanied by Sherman’s musical interpretation of the Paul Dukas classic, she soars across the screen, drawing abstract characters on a massive blank board in a timeless, fun film that juxtaposes wonderfully with the better-known Disney treatment in 'Fantasia.' favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: charcoal, dukas
byEducational Services Inc.; Physical Science Study Committee.
Professor Richard H. Bolt discusses sound wave phenomena, how sound travels, and how it is reflected. The film demonstrates that sound is a wave phenomenon and thus can also move around barriers. Also the film shows how sound waves can be refracted through a lens. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm Topics: pssc, physics
Looks at life in Russia shortly before the disintegration of the Soviet Union from the perspective of a Moscow teenager named Alec. Discusses the ethnic diversity of the Soviet Union, the 15 different republics and the challenge of creating a market system and democracy. Discovers Alec's love of rock music, the importance of literature and warm friendships in his culture and how uncertain times affect a teenager's life. Topic: Soviet Union
Here we witness the activities of a boy and his sister during harvest time in the Andalucian mountain village of Álora, 40km north of Málaga, in Spain, showing their life at home, at school, in the village plaza and in the orchards and fields. This whitewashed village with steep cobblestone streets was formerly home to Cervantes, and reputedly the birthplace of the Malagueñas style of flamenco music. The film depicts a life that may no longer exist in southern Spain, and ends with a... Topics: andalucia, andalusia
byPhysical Science Study Committee.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
Shows Dr. William M. Siebert outdoors at night as he measures the speed of light in air using a spark-gap, parabolic mirrors, a photocell, and an oscilloscope. In the laboratory he compares speed in air and in water using a high speed rotating mirror. For more info on PSSC films and their history, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm Topics: pssc, physics
In what might be the most fascinating and unusual promotional film ever made for an institution of higher learning, director John Barnes delivers what is essentially a 32 minute pan shot pastiche of life at an eastern college. St John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, is the subject. Reminiscent of Barnes' museum pans filmed in England and Italy, he moves horizontally through classrooms and laboratories, capturing abstract philosophical discussions, Euclidian mathematical constructions,... Topics: College, classical education
This wonderful film traces the steps taken in creating and shooting a television commercial for Post Grape Nuts. This film was produced by George Gage Productions, which filmed the commercial, starring the legendary Euell Gibbons, for the Benton & Bowles advertising agency, with lots of discussions & outtakes. The funky "Cranberry Rag" played by pianist Paul McDonough is delightful. favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: advertising, Euell Gibbons
On camera, director John Barnes demonstrates how Walter Van Tilburg Clark's short story 'The Portable Phonograph' was adapted to make a motion picture. Barnes alternates between reading passages from the story and showing film interpretations of the same scene, describing the differences between the actual story and the screenplay. For more on John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm Topic: screenplay
Tha late Gerald McDermott was an exceptional animator who made only five short animated films before he changed careers and became a Caldecott Award-winning children's author. 'Sun Flight' has been out of distribution for years. For a biography and filmography, visit McDermott's AFA page at: www.afana.org/mcdermott.htm favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topics: animation, myth
'Symmetry' (1966) 10m, dir. Philip Stapp Stapp was one of the greatest animators working in the 1950-1975 era, using stylized, often pointillist abstract imagery, in a floating world sometimes surrealist, at other times reminiscent of Japanese "ukiyo-e" illustration. His spectacular 'Symmetry' is his greatest film, a fantasy of dancing images breaking apart, spinning, and converging. For more information on Stapp, visit: http://www.afana.org/stapp.htm favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Animation